a question so worded as to suggest the proper or desired answer.
Origin of leading question
First recorded in 1815–25
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British Dictionary definitions for leading question
a question phrased in a manner that tends to suggest the desired answer, such as What do you think of the horrible effects of pollution?
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leading question in Culture
An unfair question that is designed to guide the respondent: “You were drunk the night of the accident, weren't you, Mr. Norris?”
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Idioms and Phrases with leading question
A question worded so as to elicit particular information or a particular answer, as in When are you selling the business? This example assumes that the person is going to sell the business, an action that may not have been established or revealed. This expression originated with a specific meaning in law, that is, “a question that guides a witness toward a desired answer.” In court, this practice is called leading a witness and is forbidden. [Mid-1800s]
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